Jumpsuits are Taking Off
After months of waiting and hoping and looking for little flowers and other tiny signs - spring has sprung.
If I had it my way, we would have been bathing in 72 degrees since the end of March, but thanks to our good friend climate change, my favorite season has only just begun.
I’ve checked the weather reports religiously for weeks now, and found I’ve needed to position my outfits accordingly. Which can be hard with early call times that start before the sun rises, and unreliable meteorology reports that rarely include a humidity index, which can quickly take us from a cool 62 to a sticky 70.
So I created a uniform. Wear only jumpsuits to set, with a t shirt beneath, so should the weather take a turn, I would have the ease of unbuttoning the top, and wrapping the sleeves around my waist. A fashionable fix, I thought, the first time I did it. And then I fell down the rabbit hole.
According to Google Trends, the “one-piece” has risen 550% to become one of the most searched fashion trends of the year. And as a fan, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t understand why. The ease of throwing on one look as opposed to trying to mix and match bottoms and tops is enviable, and unlike the classic dress, the jumpsuit offers more “moveability” - plus, they’re just cool. Like effortlessly cool, and increasingly chic, although they weren’t always thought of that way.
The jumpsuit used to be called the boilersuit, and was considered workwear, designed for the messiest of jobs. It only evolved into a fashion statement in the early 20th century by the Florentine artist Thayat, who wanted to create a liberating, anti-bourgeois item of clothing. That said, it has arguably been Phoebe Philo the former creative director of Celine who popularized it as an item of clothing. “When the woman credited as having the most influence on our wardrobes in the past decade wore a black tux-esque jumpsuit to the British Fashion Awards in 2009, fashion circles swooned. A few years later and they were big at Cannes, worn by Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence” ( Soure: The Guardian)
According to founder and CEO of ASOS James Scroggs, the utility of the jumpsuit “resonates with people” and acts as “the bridge between our personal and professional wardrobes” which is a fairly muddled space. We are at the height of the remix, the living embodiment of a recontextuaization which has put the majority of clothing on the table for an endless discussion that questions how we define work, and what are the limits of play.
It’s a small slice of the larger conversation that exists in our current gig economy, where more millennials are freelancing than ever. The lines are constantly being blurred by people quitting their 9a - 5p’s for passion projects and the possibility of doing what they love full time, throwing the concept of the office dress code out the window.
I’ve chosen my own uniform, but when else in the history of ever has anyone been allowed to do that? For many years I rebelled against my private elementary school outfits, but perhaps that had more to do with them being placed upon me, as opposed to my choice. Because as Dr. Jack Kruse says that “If what you’re doing in life is not your passion, then you have nothing to lose by changing right now,” and I’m inclined to agree.